The coat of arms of Bournemouth
Bournemouth: Unitary Authority tree. The tree on the left, on the concourse of the Bournemouth Town Hall, was planted on 1 April 1997 to mark the occasion of Bournemouth council becoming a unitary authority on that day. This was part of the local government reorganisation of the late 1990s, when certain more urban districts were essentially separated from the relevant county council, with no services for Bournemouth residents now being carried out by Dorset County Council.

In February 2018 the 'Future Dorset' plan was approved by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid, which meant that Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole borough councils were merged into one unitary authority in April 2019.

- Poole Borough Council

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole borough councils merged on 1 April 2019 into Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

- Bournemouth Borough Council
The coat of arms of Bournemouth

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Christchurch, Dorset

Town and civil parish in Dorset on the south coast of England.

Town and civil parish in Dorset on the south coast of England.

Christchurch Castle ruins
Hart's Fusee Factory, built in 1845. The manufacture of fusee chains was an important industry in 19th-century Christchurch.
A P-47 Thunderbolt of the 405th Fighter Wing at RAF Christchurch, 1944
Christchurch Civic Offices
Christchurch Harbour with the Clay Pool (bottom right) where the rivers Avon and Stour converge. Stanpit Marsh (centre left), Wick (centre right) and Hengistbury Head (top right). The thin line of beach huts at the top left reveals the position of Mudeford Spit with the Isle of Wight on the horizon.
Monday market, Christchurch High Street.
The Mayor's Parlour and Saxon Square
The Constable's House, a Grade I listed Norman dwelling
Christchurch Priory dates from the 11th century
Place Mill
Christchurch railway station
Christchurch Library
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Prime Minister between 1762–63, owned a mansion house in Christchurch

The authority is a merger of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole borough councils; its creation was opposed by Christchurch Council, who unsuccessfully appealed to the High Court.